For the past 14 years, Projector People has helped thousands of projector newbies pick the perfect projector for their living rooms and home theaters. We created the infographic below to help you figure out what to look for in your first projector purchase.
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Since launching in 1999, we’ve helped approximately 8,022 (give or take) churches and religious organizations find the perfect projectors and accessories for their needs and budget.
We’ve compiled our top three tips for church projectors below. Disclaimer Every space is different and every organization has unique needs. Check out the following tips and then call us at 1-888-248-0675 to get one-on-one assistance.
Church Projector Buying Tips
Brighter Is Usually Better
Most sanctuaries opt for at least 5,000 lumens. These bright bad boys can easily provide crystal-clear text and big, bright images and video to crowds of 100 to 150 with no concern over ambient lighting. For sanctuaries that sit 250 or more, we recommend 6,000-lumen projectors.
Optional Lenses Are Awesome!
Most of our church customers choose projectors with available optional lenses. These allow greater placement flexibility. But the projectors are usually installed. They can’t be easily moved to another room or building for events like youth movie nights. No worries. There are plenty of bright portable projectors that you can add to your AV arsenal for very little cost.
Rectangles Are (Usually) Cooler Than Squares
The projector’s aspect ratio determines the shape of the picture, either a square or a rectangle. To future-proof your purchase, we suggest investing in a widescreen projector with a 16:10 or 16:9 aspect ratio. Most churches opt for this shape because it sits higher than the minister’s head and allows for more content to be projected on the wider screen.
Some churches go with the 4:3 square format because they have to fit the image between architectural elements like pillars.
Popular Church Projectors and Accessories
Some of our most popular church projector and accessories include:
- Wide XGA (1280 x 800)
- 5,500 lumens
- 2,000:1 contrast
- Three-year warranty
Lens included! < - Kinda a big deal.
- Wide UXGA (1920 x 1200)
- 5,000 lumens
- 3,000:1 contrast
- 3-year warranty